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Source: Alternative Press Review
Published: February 14, 2006 Author: Mike Whitney
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I mixed my sources, sorry about that. This article is from BBC, US plans to 'fight the net' revealed

A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for "information operations" - from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.

Bloggers beware.

As the world turns networked, the Pentagon is calculating the military opportunities that computer networks, wireless technologies and the modern media offer.

From influencing public opinion through new media to designing "computer network attack" weapons, the US military is learning to fight an electronic war.

The declassified document is called "Information Operations Roadmap". It was obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom of Information Act.

Officials in the Pentagon wrote it in 2003. The Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, signed it.

The "roadmap" calls for a far-reaching overhaul of the military's ability to conduct information operations and electronic warfare. And, in some detail, it makes recommendations for how the US armed forces should think about this new, virtual warfare.

The document says that information is "critical to military success". Computer and telecommunications networks are of vital operational importance.


The operations described in the document include a surprising range of military activities: public affairs officers who brief journalists, psychological operations troops who try to manipulate the thoughts and beliefs of an enemy, computer network attack specialists who seek to destroy enemy networks.

All these are engaged in information operations.

The wide-reaching document was signed off by Donald Rumsfeld

Perhaps the most startling aspect of the roadmap is its acknowledgement that information put out as part of the military's psychological operations, or Psyops, is finding its way onto the computer and television screens of ordinary Americans.

"Information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and Psyops, is increasingly consumed by our domestic audience," it reads.

"Psyops messages will often be replayed by the news media for much larger audiences, including the American public," it goes on.

The document's authors acknowledge that American news media should not unwittingly broadcast military propaganda. "Specific boundaries should be established," they write. But they don't seem to explain how.

"In this day and age it is impossible to prevent stories that are fed abroad as part of psychological operations propaganda from blowing back into the United States - even though they were directed abroad," says Kristin Adair of the National Security Archive.

Credibility problem

Public awareness of the US military's information operations is low, but it's growing - thanks to some operational clumsiness.

When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone. It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system

Late last year, it emerged that the Pentagon had paid a private company, the Lincoln Group, to plant hundreds of stories in Iraqi newspapers. The stories - all supportive of US policy - were written by military personnel and then placed in Iraqi publications.

And websites that appeared to be information sites on the politics of Africa and the Balkans were found to be run by the Pentagon.

But the true extent of the Pentagon's information operations, how they work, who they're aimed at, and at what point they turn from informing the public to influencing populations, is far from clear.

The roadmap, however, gives a flavour of what the US military is up to - and the grand scale on which it's thinking.

It reveals that Psyops personnel "support" the American government's international broadcasting. It singles out TV Marti - a station which broadcasts to Cuba - as receiving such support.

It recommends that a global website be established that supports America's strategic objectives. But no American diplomats here, thank you. The website would use content from "third parties with greater credibility to foreign audiences than US officials".

It also recommends that Psyops personnel should consider a range of technologies to disseminate propaganda in enemy territory: unmanned aerial vehicles, "miniaturized, scatterable public address systems", wireless devices, cellular phones and the internet.

'Fight the net'

When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone.

It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system.

"Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will 'fight the net' as it would an enemy weapons system," it reads.

The slogan "fight the net" appears several times throughout the roadmap.

The authors warn that US networks are very vulnerable to attack by hackers, enemies seeking to disable them, or spies looking for intelligence.

"Networks are growing faster than we can defend them... Attack sophistication is increasing... Number of events is increasing."

US digital ambition

And, in a grand finale, the document recommends that the United States should seek the ability to "provide maximum control of the entire electromagnetic spectrum".

US forces should be able to "disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum".

Consider that for a moment.

The US military seeks the capability to knock out every telephone, every networked computer, every radar system on the planet.

Are these plans the pipe dreams of self-aggrandising bureaucrats? Or are they real?

The fact that the "Information Operations Roadmap" is approved by the Secretary of Defense suggests that these plans are taken very seriously indeed in the Pentagon.

And that the scale and grandeur of the digital revolution is matched only by the US military's ambitions for it.

Sept writes: "The document "Information Operations Roadmap" (pdf warning) is available at th BBC's website.

It is about all our paranoias made into a doctrine... It's really worth reading, a few pages at a time or you'll face apoplexia. (I'm at page 24 now.)"

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more sites and info to consider.... these f-ers MUST go!!!

Post#2 » Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:38 pm

Also see:
Saint Colby and the Fifth Column by J. Orlin Grabbe

# More than 115 government agencies, companies and organizations conclude 'mock' attack against bloggers ... 57_pf.html

# Bush Tags Bloggers As Terrorists ... oggers.htm

# UPDATE: Total Information Awareness Lives ... e&sid=4631

Quote:(U) Five core capabilities. Full spectrum [Information Operations] employs five core capabilities to achieve Combatant Commander effects or else prevent the enemy from achieving his desired effects : EW [Electronic Warfare], PSYOP, OPSEC, Military Decetion, and CNO [Computer Network Operations].

Quote:According to Solntsev, one computer virus capable of affecting a person's psyche is Russian Virus 666. It manifests itself in every 25th frame of a visual display, where it produces a combination of colors that allegedly put computer operators into a trance. The subconscious perception of the new pattern eventually results in arrhythmia of the heart. Other Russian computer specialists, not just Solntsev, talk openly about this "25th frame effect" and its ability to subtly manage a computer user's perceptions. The purpose of this technique is to inject a thought into the viewer's subconscious. It may remind some of the subliminal advertising controversy in the United States in the late 1950s.

--The Mind Has No Firewall
From Parameters (USArmy publication), Spring 1998, pp. 84-92. ... thomas.htm

-No doubt about it. They'll shut us down with electromagnetic pulse to shut the NET down....

Quote:(U) WE Must Improve Network and Electro-Magnetic Attack Capability [capitals his, I wonder why?] . To prevail in an information-centric fight, it is increasingly important that our forces dominate the electrmagnetic spectrum with attack capabilities.

- The real article "The pentagon's war on the Internet" is there. Very interesting, goes deeper into the maliciousness of the rumsfeld plan. ... t294431227

-I think that Lincoln Group is bigger than a few joournalists for hire.

Mode S - MIT's Lincoln Labs ... -8&strip=1

Lincoln Lab designers of Mode S were acutely aware of this problem and ... -8&strip=1

Raytheon-Developed Mode-S Radar Technology Destined for Canadian Far-Nor ... -8&strip=1

Military's Information War Is Vast and Often Secretive - Forums powered by Reason and Principle ... t294237194

-work of the contractor, the Lincoln Group, was not a rogue operation. >>

Re: Godalming geek made millions running the Pentagon's propaganda war in Iraq - Forums powered by Reason and Principle ... t294267492

Pentagon awarded the Lincoln Group a contract worth up to $100 million

Lincoln Alliance Corporation, displaced the National Parent Network on Disabili ty

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